The Heart of the Heart Nebula

The Heart Nebula is a little too big to fit within the field of view of my telescope, but its inner “heart” is interesting in its own right.

This is star cluster Melotte 15, formed from the gases within the Heart Nebula – and some of that gas remains, forming interesting clouds and formations where the new stars haven’t blown it away yet.

Shot using narrowband filters to focus on the ionized gases emitted by those clouds.

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